In the next five years, Arkansas is set to see 10 new locations of Layne’s Chicken Fingers, a Texas “born and breaded” famous chicken franchise with 16 restaurants open across the country and another 226 sold since it began franchising in 2021. The first location is expected to be open by the end of the year in the Hurricane Creek Village shopping center at I-30 and Alcoa Road in Benton.

 

The franchise owner, Jake Willett, made the decision to sign a multi-unit deal with the company after selling his Denver-based landscaping business to a private equity firm. Willett is on the hook to develop at least 10 Layne’s restaurants around the state.

 

“We’re happy to welcome Jake to the system,” said COO Samir Wattar. “We know he will bring the same value to Layne’s as he did with his landscaping business. This multi-unit deal will introduce Layne’s to the state of Arkansas and we’re optimistic about the success.”

 

He’s helped the company get closer to achieving its goal of having 50 units open and 200 sold by 2025.

 

On the menu will be classic fried chicken fare, including a three-finger chicken sandwich served on Texas toast, a fried chicken club sandwich and chicken fingers. The restaurant boasts its own sauce, called Layne’s, which it calls in a press release a “tangy, zesty in-house creation that has become a go-to among loyal customers.”

 

The company is looking to sell out its home state of Texas and to begin selling franchises in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Florida.

 

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